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The Grand Palace

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Banglamphu
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Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Maharaj Pier | next to Wat Phra Kaeo Temple Complex, Bangkok, Thailand
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+66 2 623 5500 ext. 3100
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08:30 - 15:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 15:30
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Bangkok's famous palace complex was built in 1782 and features several...

Bangkok's famous palace complex was built in 1782 and features several magnificent buildings including Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha), which contains a beautiful Emerald Buddha that dates back to the 14th century.

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Such beauty in the City

Before you go you need ID or passport. They give it a cursory look when you enter the entrance road but you do need it Also make sure you're wearing long trousers and a top with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Witney, United Kingdom
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Witney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Before you go you need ID or passport. They give it a cursory look when you enter the entrance road but you do need it Also make sure you're wearing long trousers and a top with sleeves. Wraps around shoulders if you're wearing sleeveless tops is not permitted. There is a place to borrow clothes as you go in but... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We arrived at noon and no real issues to get into the Palace. First ignore all the hawkers and touts as you get off the ferry and keep walking ahead, there is an initial security checkpoint about 100yds from the palace but quite quick, importantly you need photo ID at this point. Then follow the crowd through the gate, walk... More 

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Bridgend, United Kingdom
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Very busy! Overcrowded and strict on dress code. Worth seeing though. Be prepared for long queues and extreme heat!

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Thank Stephen180
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It is definitely a place visitors must see on a trip to Bangkok or on a stop over. One of the most beautiful places include Wat Pho which is next door

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Due to Year of mourning for the King some of the palace is closed off so make sure you check before you go. Always very busy but can walk round at your own leisure and plenty of opportunity to take photos.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fantastic buildings and temples in beautiful surroundings. The grounds also contain some military/government headquarters and a passport needs to be shown to get past security post at the entrance. It is directly across the river (5 baht each way on the ferry) from Wat Arun so can see them both with a nice lunch at one of the many restaurants... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Grand Palace is impressive, but the sheer number of people and huge, noisy tour groups make it unpleasant to walk around. You spend the whole time avoiding getting your eye poked out by umbrellas or getting in someone's photo. For your 500 baht (by some distance the most expensive entry fee of my Bangkok trip) you do not actually... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place blew me away. excellent to see the distinct styles of architecture mized together throughout the grounds with the partial european buildings mixed in with traditional Thai buildings. Lovely decorations and we found a helpful guide outside the gate on the way in who we happily paid. She purchased our tickets and rushed us through the gate and gave... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Grand Palace is a must visit but if you don't like crowds, you might want to get there before the gates open. Do note that the late King is laid there at the moment so there will be some tough security and you will be required to show photo ID prior to entering the grounds leading up to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really enjoyed our visit. Lots to see. Has been extra busy since the death of the Thai king in October. Thai people wait in long lines to quickly walk by his coffin and bow their heads. Despite this, the lines were not bad at all to get onto the grounds. Only took a few minutes. Fabulous statues and architecture. Best... More 

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Banglamphu
While you’ll see skyscrapers in most parts of Bangkok, it’s the gilded roofs of ancient pagodas that adorn the skyline of Banglamphu, the city’s historical and most touristic district. Hordes of tourists flock to this area to tick quite a few must-see attractions off their to-do list, with the Grand Palace being the most spectacular of them all. Banglamphu is also home to Bangkok’s infamous tourist ghetto, centered around Khao San Road. Visit at night to feast on road-side pad thai, cheap beers and if you’re up for it, some dancing fueled by buckets of Thai whiskey.
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